We’re included in the Diocesan News for the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross this month – Bishop Colton has been a great supporter of the Festival since it began and is one of our patrons.
As always, this year we’ve got some fascinating local history in our programme. The story of republican Sam Maguire and his legacy to the community of Dunmanway will be considered on Saturday morning in the Secret Garden. The work of the Reverend Cliff Jeffers in realising a project to install a new peal of bells named after Maguire is described in this article from Monday’s Irish Times. Reverend Jeffers will screen a film at the Festival on the same subject.
Kieran Connolly, author of Sam Maguire: The Man and the Cup, who features in Jeffers’ film, will also speak about his work on the enigmatic Maguire.
One of the few known photographs of Maguire.
Early bird prices for the Festival end on Sunday 17 June. This early bird, a blue tit, is from a thirteenth century manuscript called the Ashridge Petrus Comestor which is held in the British Library.
Our 2018 Festival Dinner will be provided by Carmel Somers, award-winning restauranteur and Irish Times columnist. It will consist of three courses with wine and will be served from 18:30-20:30 on the Saturday evening of the Festival. Tickets must be bought in advance for this event via our Tickets page and cost €80.
This year there will also be more informal food and drinks available to buy on Saturday evening, for which no ticket is needed.